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Eric R. -
Subject: Aurora sucked ... Johnny Lightning too
Love the commercial but Aurora and JL cars sucked big time! Everything about them was second rate, especially compared to Hot Wheels.
Subject: Time to get your hearing checked...
They're saying "Speedline", not "streamlined". Speedline is the name of the racing set. Great commercial.
Subject: Groovy and Funky commercial for Ungroovy and Unfunky Product
Pretty good commercial, for a product that looks like crap. Groovy music, Funky design and Groovy kids. Worth downloading for historic value.
Nice little Commercial about the 70s Aurora Race track. I had a very similar one in the 80s and if I remember this is the type of toy that entertains for about 20 minutes and the kid moves on to destroying it. Just watching the commercial you can see how flimsy the Plastic was. Good flick for hot wheels and Matchbox lovers.
Subject: Look at the box!
Fun little commercial, with some nice close-up cinematography, making the cars look as close to the real thing as possible.
There's a very strange moment where one boy shouts "Look at the box!" followed by an endless pause. OK, what about it?
Subject: Do kids use words like 'Streamline?
Interesting commercial about those awful looping drag race kits that clogged up way to many households in the 1970's. The kids seem preoccupied that the cars and the tracks are 'streamlined'. Excuse me? How is this proven and how do the kids know, and why should they care? LOL. "Mommy, I want a car race set, but not those crummy ones.. I want a STREAMLINED one'. LOL
Christine Hennig -
Subject: Aurora Stunt and Drag Race Set Commercial
Mildly cute commercial from the 60s for a Hot-Wheels-type racing car set featuring two boys talking in awed tones about same. One of the boys seems to have a cute speech impediment. I think I vaguely remember seeing this one on tv as a kid.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
Subject: Great, nostalgia, small download
If you are of the proper age to have been the target market for this toy in the late 1960's, you'll get a kick out of this commercial. It features two kids, at least one of which has a speech impediment, loudly enthusing about the tiny cars zipping around loop-de-loops and so on while punchy music plays. The product shots are masked to enhance the linearity of the track sections, and cut in time to the music.
These toys were Aurora's imitation of Mattels' hugely successful Hot Wheels. The Aurora cars were adapted from its HO-scale slot cars, the Thunderjet 500s. The bodies of these non-powered racers were identical to those of the slot cars, only with rivets in place of the screws that held the Thunderjets together. The rivets attached the bodies to rather poor imitations of the Hot Wheels chassis. They did not work as well as the Mattel product.
The Aurora cars' best use was to provide replacement bodies for its line of HO slot cars. The bodies of the unpowered cars could be snapped or cut off, a drop of white glue placed into the rivet holes, and the slot car chassis screws driven into the glue to make new threads. These replacement bodies had snazzier paint jobs than most of the slot cars, with metal-flakes and flames and crap like that.